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Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia's citizens who are blind, deafblind, or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. The department provides an array of specialized services to blind Virginians of all ages to assist them in attaining the skills, confidence and positive outlook that are critical to independence.

American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and vision-impaired people. - http://www.acb.org/

American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of blind and vision impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. - http://www.aph.org

Blind How
Finding answers & sharing knowledge related to any question regarding blindness & vision impairment. - http://blindhow.com

Bookshare
An accessible online library for people with print disabilities. - https://www.bookshare.org/

National Federation of the Blind
With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. - http://www.nfb.org/

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. - http://www.loc.gov/nls/

Publications & Forms

The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI), operated by the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), was established in 1970 to provide comprehensive adjustment services to severely visually impaired Virginians. For a blind person, using senses other than sight to "see" may be difficult at first, but with the proper training, it can be much easier. That is our goal at The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired. The Center teaches blind persons strategies and skills to adapt to living without sight, and we teach people with partial vision ways to use their remaining sight more effectively. We encourage students to identify their abilities and choose the course best suited for them. As a result, the blind and visually impaired can lead more independent, more successful, and more satisfying lives.

Visit the Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) File Cabinet for the VRCBVI Forms Listing.